Youngsters in dive programme

The next generation of scuba divers has begun a special course. 

Spilios Kordos of Go Pro Cayman explained that the Young Environmental Leadership Course aimed to “introduce students to the role of the environment in our everyday lives, especially as a precious business commodity”. 

“It is a two week course aimed at students with an interest in an environmental career or those with a great interest in watersports/marine based mechanics,” Mr. Kordos told the Compass. 

“Students will be given an introduction to marine conservation theory, the marine environment and tourism and current threats to the environment. They will spend time with the Department of Environment and local businesses to see how conservation and tourism work in practice.” 

Students will also interact with Central Caribbean Marine Institute researchers at the Little Cayman Research Centre to understand how science contributes to local management. 

Finally they will complete Scuba Diver training up to the Rescue Diver qualification, including Emergency First Response, said the master instructor. 

“At the end of the course there will be an option to enrol in a PADI professional development course with Go Pro for free. 

“Students will also be offered a work experience placement following the two weeks at Little Cayman Research Centre in a related business to ensure their new skills are maximised,” he explained. 

The kids are between 16 and 18 years old and come from a variety of local schools, he added.